Your Kindle Needs You

To update. The deadline is 22 March 2016.

Amazon is changing a few things – and certain models of Kindle could stop being 100% functional.

They’ve been sending out emails to Kindle owners. I already updated my Kindle and it was pretty easy. I just connected to my Wifi and the update was automatic. Depending on what model Kindle you own, this process may vary.

Business Insider and Snopes posted articles about this, in case there were doubts about authenticity.

In case you can’t get the update for some reason, don’t panic! It can be done manually. For more details, see Amazon:

List of Kindles affected:

  • Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
  • Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
  • Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
  • Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)

Amazon vs Hachette

The two behemoths have reached an agreement after a long – and very public – fight!

Details aren’t entirely clear right now, but it seems both companies are getting something out of this. It probably won’t have a huge impact on the world of books since the changes seem slight so far, but I’m sure there will be another dispute in the future. Stuff is always changing.

Amazon made some poor calls (for example, deliberate shipping delays on Hachette books) but I feel like Amazon was the side to root for overall – lower ebook prices doesn’t sound bad. Really, what’s the point of Hachette pricing a digital file the same as (or even higher than) the print version? A digital file has fewer costs, therefore it should cost less. Why would I pay $15 for a digital version of something I get from a local bookstore for $6 or $7? It’s madness. I would rather be inconvenienced by going to the store than pay such an inflated price.

I’d like to think both companies are trying to satisfy authors and readers, but I think the author demographics are too different. Hachette supporters were big names like Stephen King – popular writers who attain large profits, so traditional publishers do their best to make sure that happens by overpricing books. Amazon supporters tended to be more independent, wanting flexibility, and prioritized reader experience. Of the authors who were arguing with each other: one side was about money, the other side was about readers. (Mostly.)

It’s entirely possible I’m wrong, but from what I saw, it looked like Hachette was stuck in the past while Amazon was trying to move forward in a good direction. Let’s not forget that Hachette was one of the publishers sued by the US Justice Department, and for good reason.

I’m curious to know what authors and readers think about the debate and the debate somewhat ending.